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Berkeley: For You

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010


The Music Theatre Wales Ensemble

Michael Rafferty

Alan Opie

baritone - Charles Frieth

Jeremy Huw Williams

baritone - Simon

Allison Cook

mezzo- soprano - Maria

Helen Williams

soprano - Antonia

Rachel Nichols

soprano - Joan

Christopher Lemmings

tenor - Robin


Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Michael Berkeley

Michael Rafferty

Alex Foster


Chris Marshall



Tony Wass

Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 121:46
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For You

  Opera in two acts  
  Libretto by Ian McEwan  
  Act 1  
1 Scene 1: The Rehearsal Room 9:58
2 Scene 2: The Frieths' London house 10:55
3 Scene 3: The Frieths' London house 7:48
4 Scene 4: The Frieths' London house 4:41
5 Scene 5: Charles's Study 10:31
6 Scene 6: Charles's Study 12:28
  Act 2  
7 Scene 1: The Hospital 14:35
8 Scene 2: Charles's Study 16:18
9 Scene 3: The Hospital 15:28
10 Scene 4: The Rehearsal Room 19:04
 Alan Opie baritone - Charles Frieth
 Christopher Lemmings tenor - Robin
 Rachel Nichols soprano - Joan
 Helen Williams soprano - Antonia
 Jeremy Huw Williams baritone - Simon
 Allison Cook mezzo- soprano - Maria
 Michael Rafferty
  28 & 30 October and 1 November 2008 (live recording)  

For You is a new opera that brings together the music of composer and BBC Radio presenter Michael Berkeley and Booker-prize winning author Ian McEwan. This gripping tale of love, lust and obsession centres on the composer and prodigious womanizer Charles Frieth (Alan Opie), and the tragic consequences that his selfish actions cause him and those around.

Although essentially dark, there are moments of irony, wit and humour throughout the opera. Soaring vocal lines, intricate ensemble pieces, and imaginative instrumental writing make this an electrifying work. Masterly performes by Music Theatre Wales, directed by  Michael Rafferty.

The Opera has had great success from its initial performances in Wales and the Royal Opera House Provoking great reviews.
’For You is a dark opera worth waiting for.’ - Evening Standard

’...a dazzling and taut chamber piece which gives passionate way to Bergian lyricism while referencing both Britten and Richard Strauss in its airy, word-driven vocal lines.’ - The Independent.

"...There are no weak links among the six cast members who spit out McEwans words with admirable clarity. Alan Opie, in the role of the maniacal composer Charles, shines out as the star of the show."

Elizabeth Malone

Opera Now - January-February 2011

"...Conductor Michael Rafferty and a 14-piece instrumental ensemble, which consists of winds, brass, percussion, harp and strings, tackles Berkeley’s highly organic yet tightly structured score with precision and gusto, forming a devastatingly eloquent Greek Chorus to unfolding events onstage. For You is a welcome addition to the operatic repertoire and deserves repeated performances, especially in a festival context. This superb recording should go some way to ensure that happens."

Robert Levett

International Record Review - January 2011

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